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Sweden records record deaths in 150 years

Excess mortality in the first half of 2020 was 10%

Sweden, which has a low profile approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded the highest death rate in the first half of 2020 in 150 years. This is reported by the data of Statistics Sweden.

Thus, in the first half of this year, 51,405 people died in Sweden, which is the largest number of deaths in the country in the first half of the year since 1869, when 55,431 people died.

According to statistics, in the first half of 2020, 25,563 women and 25,842 men died, which is 4,633 more than in 2015-2019 — an average of 46,772 people died.

Now the population of Sweden is 10.3 million, and 150 years ago it was about 2.5 million.

"In general, the excess mortality in the first half of the year was 10%. The excessive mortality rate for men was 13% or 3035 deaths, and women - 7%, or 1597 deaths," the report cites the publication.

According to him, the number of deaths has risen sharply since the end of March and peaked in mid-April 2020, when 398 people died daily on April 15 and 16. After a peak in mid-April, the number of deaths fell, but at the end of June, the country still saw a slight excess of the average death rate.

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